BELFAST, Maine — Bring your friends, your family, and lots of energy to the very first Belfast Peace Festival, to be held Sept. 5-6, on Miller and Court streets. Activity is included for all ages, rain or shine. All events are free, except for food, which can be purchased to offset the expenses of the festival. T-shirts will be available for purchase throughout the event.
The Festival kicks off Friday night, September 5 from 6-9 PM with a street dance broadcast live by WERU on the lawn of the First Church in Belfast downtown at 8 Court St. (indoors at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 37 Miller St. in the event of rain). Enjoy music from the 1960’s reminiscent of efforts to promote peace in our hearts without violence! Dance and enjoy refreshments, or bring your own picnic.
Saturday begins outdoors at the First Church in Belfast with a meditation and labyrinth, a pancake breakfast, and a sign making workshop, followed by a public Peace Walk through Belfast. A BBQ lunch will be available at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast on Miller St. behind the library. The afternoon brings a full schedule of music by Dave Johnson and friends, Voices for Peace and other area musicians, a Veterans for Peace panel discussion featuring its co-founder, Doug Rawlings, along with Dud Hendrick and Bruce Gagnon, drumming, and other festivities. A children’s tent for family activities will be open through the afternoon. A spaghetti supper will be held at the First Baptist Church on High St. The Festival closes out Saturday evening with a concert from 7-9PM of well known area musicians and their friends including Lynn Deeves from Portland.
Plan to join this festive atmosphere and embrace peace with your neighbors. The time is now… the place is here… imagine. . . peace. Peace Festival activities and music are presented at no charge, and the Festival is open to the public, with donations accepted. For more information, go towww.belfastpeacefestival.org or call (207) 323-5393.